The stage is set for the BOTL Final Four. Georgetown looks to continue their impressive form against Florida State, while Richmond battles Texas. Winners advance to tomorrow’s (still mentally burnt to a crisp after Monday’s title game) title game, while the losers square off in the consolation game. Results are after the jump….
#1 Georgetown (Midwest) vs. #3 Florida State (West)
Much to everyone’s surprise, the Seminoles jumped out to an early 20-9 lead on the favored Hoyas. FSU could not sustain that success the rest of the 1st half and Georgetown responded in the last 11 minutes, outscoring their opponents 19-10 to pull within 30-28 at halftime.
Once again Florida State had a great start to a half, producing an 11-4 run to go up by 9. Georgetown couldn’t close the gap halfway through the 2nd and it was 49-40. A 20-5 run by John Thompson’s team turned the game in their favor. The 60-54 Hoyas lead with 3:30 to go would be one they would not relinquish. FSU cut the deficit to 60-59 but did not score again until a meaningless buzzer-beating three by Xavier Gibson. Georgetown 66 Florida State 62
Florida State’s horrifying 8-19 free throw shooting day helped them advance….to the consolation game. Georgetown faced their toughest opponent and came through in the clutch.
#2 Richmond (South) vs. #4 Texas (East)
For as much as Richmond sucked shooting the ball in the first half, they were only down 32-26 in a pretty dull game.
The 2nd half however would not see the same fate. Richmond did even worse shooting en route to a 19-60 (31.7%) day from the floor, and Texas got hot and blew them out. What was a 6 point game blew up to 26 in the closing stages, and it was a deserved victory for Rick Barnes’ Texas Longhorns. Damion James scored 25 points and pulled down an astonishing 17 rebounds as Texas squashes the Spiders. Texas 77 Richmond 56
Now we wait for tomorrow’s championship night. It’s Big East vs. Big XII in the title game, and ACC vs. A-10 in the 3rd place game.
Texas vs. Georgetown – Championship
Florida State vs. Richmond – 3rd Place
Check back tomorrow when we crown a new champion.